Preview: Ampthill Town vs Walthamstow

Walthamstow are finally back in action after Tuesday’s turn of events as they make the trip to Ampthill Park, Bedford to face Ampthill Town in the FA Vase.

Walthamstow began their journey in the Qualifying Rounds of the FA Vase, winning two-games to get to this stage. The first game came against Step-6 Harwich & Parkeston of the Eastern Counties League Division One South. After going 1-0 behind, a goal from Jon Clements in the 90th minute sent the game to penalties where the heroics of Connor Sansom with the first penalty helped Stow through with a 5-4 win. The reward for progressing was a home tie against London Lions, the second game against the Spartan South Side following the Extra Preliminary Round fixture between the sides. It was a 3-1 win for the Stags as goals from Tim Monsheju, Michael Toner and Callum Ibe was enough to see them through.

Last season, Stow started their FA Cup run in the First Round Proper as they progressed past Broadfields United with a 3-1 win. The run didn’t last long though as they were eliminated from the Second Round Proper as they welcomed AFC Uckfield Town to the Lodge with the Oakmen winning 3-2.

Ampthill play their football in the Spartan South Midlands League Division One, the same league as London Lions. They also started in the First Qualifying Round as they went up against Step-5 Dunstable Town at home and claiming a 4-1 win. Their Second Qualifying Round tie came on the road as they travelled to Long Buckby, claiming a narrow 3-2 win.

Last season, the Amps were eliminated from the Vase in the First Qualifying Round as they were defeated against Crawley Green away from home. The game against the higher opposition finished 4-2.

These clubs have never played each other so it will be a tough game. Stow will certainly come into this as the favourites, being the higher league opposition but Ampthill have already claimed a win at home against a Step-5 side. It should be a good game.


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